Pols slam Brooklyn House of Detention

June 27, 2008 10:04AM

Elected officials said the city’s controversial plan to expand the Brooklyn House of Detention, at Atlantic Avenue and Smith Street, would cost $180 million of taxpayer dollars. Re-opening it at double capacity, about 1,500 beds, would cost $440 million, about $297,550 a bed. Council Member David Yassky says opening an expanded jail instead on Rikers Island would cost only $177,000 a bed, and the city could make more than $100 million by selling the Brooklyn site to a private developer. Various plans for the jail included adding condos and retail. 


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